The Network Cabling sector has come a long way from the time when it used to be left out on engineer’s blueprints. Network cabling installation was generally an afterthought. We would likely be brought in nearing the end of the job to install a few wires above the ceiling and move on. Important technology has greatly improved a lot over the years. Telecommunications and other low voltage cabling are a fundamental portion of the building process nowadays.
Just as much as most of these things have progressed for folks in the network cabling installation arena, one common reality is that we are still an afterthought on a few jobs, particularly by the engineers. They often simply associate us alongside the electrical contractors. A triangle next to each desk is typically what we observe, right? My exposure to this subject could guide someone else, so I am going to share a number of recommendations about marking the network wiring floor plans in the network cabling sector. Let’s get rolling:
1) Review the plans before starting up. Search for any visible mistakes or perhaps an office that is missing a location. This can eliminate remarking all drawings down the line. This is when mistakes are usually made. Put in a bit of time beforehand and you’ll keep your problems to a minimum. If you’re marking up the drops put any wallphones(Voip) and wireless access points at the end of the labeling scheme. If something does get forgotten, just add it in at the end of the numbering scheme. A couple of stations out of series shouldn’t be a difficulty.
2) Check to see the kind of numbering scheme the client prefers. This is really important because if you use your own system and the customer wants a different system you’ve got to transfer all labeling info later on. Believe me this is where errors happen. The tech or Pm supervising must move every one of the old station numbers to the new labels. It is a time consuming and monotonous activity especially when you have a massive amount of wires.
This technique could prevent having wires punched down on the incorrect spots. You will discover a lot of extra time that’s involved if this occurs. Each of the erroneous drops must be toned out, taken off of the panel, remarked then placed into the appropriate ports on the respective panel. This seriously turns into a pain if you have dressed one half of the termination point on the left side and half on the right. When you have drops on the incorrect side you must take all of them out and redress to the other side and they could be short, then you have got to make an effort to retrieve some slack from the slack loop(you of course didn’t forget to install one correct!) or if not in the hallway. You see the actual work called for here to fix the mistakes.
3) In cases where you may be numbering the network cable work stations manually write fairly big and clearly when you’re labeling the blueprints. Take into account you grasp your own unique handwriting but some people could have a difficult time translating it. Try and write the numbers in a clean spot on the drawing not over furniture or any other important data you may need to observe later on. Take into account the next guy, which actually a substantial amount of people don’t! I could honestly publish a book about this topic as I’m certain you might agree with me.
4) When you have any important notes place these directly on the print. The staff will have a tendency to take care of the drawings they are operating from a lot more than other papers(emails, note etc) For instance if there’s riser cabling that need to be ran, write all of them on the data blueprint the team is going to be doing the job with. Using this method things are all in one spot. We usually put the phone numbers of the GC or superintendent, project leader & customer if necessary, this way the lead tech has all communication data on his blueprints.
5)Continuously be sure you have a second set of eyes verify the numbering scheme. A person can often make errors and may not see it. This could help you from needless hours of frustration down the line.
Keep these basic but essential suggestions handy whenever you are numbering your network cabling prints on the job. You can use these labeled floorplans to create permanent floor plans to file at the close of your work. Include your cabling path ways on the final floorplans and any firestop sleeves you have placed.